Thanks much for the insight!!! That's actually what I originally thought it was, just didn't want to influence any opinions when seeking "verification".
Thanks again: do appreciate the post!
Hello, I recently picked this up at an auction and really have no clue as to what it is. The piece is made of oak with the "reel" being maple(?) and sports a really cool whale shaped crank for the "reel". Piec is approx 8" long and 3 1/2" tall X 3 1/2" wide. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you, AkrodogSee More